Project AWARE Specialist


Project AWARE’s philosophy is to mobilize a global force of scuba divers and water enthusiasts who care about protecting the world’s water resources and choose to make a difference – one dive at a time. By earning the Project AWARE Specialist certification, you’ll be aware of the most pressing problems facing vulnerable aquatic environments and know what everyday actions you can take to help protect them.

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Project AWARE Specialty at Underwater Vision

With seventy-one percent of the earth being covered by ocean and the oceans containing some of the most vital aquatic ecosystems in the world, learn how as a scuba diver you can make a difference by becoming an advocate for its protection during your stay in Utila with the Project AWARE Specialty course.

The rewarding thing is that you can make a difference.

Learn about some of the most pressing problems facing these vulnerable environments and everyday actions you can take to help conserve them. It’s informative, interesting and most importantly, you learn how to to be the change.

What will you learn?

Project AWARE Foundation is the scuba diving industry’s leading nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to conserving the aquatic environment through education, advocacy and action. Besides completing the Project AWARE Specialty course, you can become a partner in the efforts to preserve the underwater environment.

You learn about:

  • The ocean commons and coastal zone issues
  • Fisheries challenges and sustainability
  • Coral environment overview and inhabitants
  • The role of the scuba diver in protecting aquatic environments

How can you start learning now?

You’ll use the digital manual – AWARE - Our World, Our Water – downloadable for free on, and can start reading now in preparation for meeting with your instructor.

Next Step

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